Yashar Ali is a Los Angeles-based columnist, commentator, and political veteran whose writings are showcased on The Current Conscience, a website focused on issues concerning gender inequality, political heroism, media, and society as related to the condition of women.
His writings on gender inequality have been syndicated by over twenty websites, including The Good Men Project. He is also regularly featured on Jezebel, The Daily What, Mental Floss, Syndey Educational Radio, and Feministing.
Yashar has appeared frequently as a commentator on state and national politics, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, The New York Observer, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He has appeared regularly on the Patt Morrison show on Southern California Public Radio and NBC News.
In 2009, he joined the gubernatorial campaign of former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as traveling chief of staff; he then served as Newsom’s deputy chief of staff in his mayoral office. He served as campaign manager of Newsom’s successful campaign for lieutenant governor of California—a race in which Newsom bested his opponent by an 11-point margin.
In 2007, at the age of 26, Yashar joined the Hillary Clinton for President campaign as a national co-chair. He was the youngest co-chair in the campaign.
In 2006, Yashar served as finance chair to then California State Controller Steve Westly’s campaign for Governor. He also served as National LGBT chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) under Senator Chuck Schumer.
He has served on the boards of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), the leading national organization dedicated to preventing bullying in schools, the Liberty Hill Foundation, and Southern California Public Radio.